04/05/2007

WVU Children’s Hospital Kids Fair Set for April 14

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On Saturday, April 14 at the Morgantown Mall, kids can come out and dance, tour an ambulance, shoot hoops, hopscotch through a food pyramid, or listen to their very own heartbeat.

It’s all a part of West Virginia University Children’s Hospital’s ninth annual Kids Fair, a day for fun and healthy activities.

The fair, which will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., will feature free health screenings and assessments, puppet shows, fun activities, appearances, and 38 interactive health and safety exhibitors. There will be live entertainment and a kids fashion show.

WVU Children’s Hospital will host a wellness clinic at the fair. Kids can participate in blood glucose testing and learn about hand-washing hygiene. In addition, specialists will provide moms with lactation consultations. Other free health screenings and assessments include blood pressure, body mass index, height and weight, color blindness, developmental, flexibility and sensory.

Monongalia County Starting Points will provide vision screenings for kids ages 3-5. The screenings will help identify common childhood eye problems, such as “lazy eye,” nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Representatives from WVU Hospitals’ Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center will be available to check kids’ height measurements to help determine if they’re ready for a booster seat or seatbelt.

Kids can learn about the role of a pharmacist and poison prevention by attending a puppet show presented by the WVU School of Pharmacy. Shows will be performed every hour starting at 10:30 a.m.

Exhibitors at the fair will provide a variety of activities including a kiddie carnival, face painting, arts and crafts, prize wheel, games, healthy snacks, and an obstacle course. The WVU Molarnator, the Tooth Fairy, Troo the Traumaroo and Woodsy Owl will be there, too.

Three exhibitors will encourage kids to dance atop a sensor pad to on-screen visual cues and music. The goal of “Dance, Dance Revolution” is to show kids that exercise can be fun. The WV WIC Program, the WVU Department of Community Medicine and the WVU School of Pharmacy will feature the dance game at their booths.

In addition, parents can register their children for a BOPARC summer camp at the event and learn more about the Monongalia County Softball Association.

At the Child Identification Center, the Morgantown Police Department will hand out DNA kits to parents.

WVAQ will broadcast live from the event. Kids can meet DJs Eric McGuire, Kevin Connoley and Lacy Neff. Some of the other entertainment planned for the event include performances by the Mylan Park Elementary Choir; Josh Knotts, illusionist/magician; and Casey’s ATA Black Belt Academy. There will be a read-aloud with WVU pediatric doctors.

Finally, for the first time at the event, a kid’s fashion show is planned. At 5 p.m., at the Food Court stage, 30 local children will model the latest spring fashions from Belk, Gap and Steve & Barry’s. Local entertainer Bobby Nicholas will serve as the MC.

For more information on the Kids Fair, go to www.health.wvu.edu.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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